Livingston Lord Library
Curriculum Materials Center

Science

  • Amazing Space for Educators and DevelopersProvides classroom resources based on the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. (http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/eds/)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)—Provides research, issue papers, educational programs, and information on science policy (U.S. and international). (http://www.aaas.org)

  • ARKive: Images of Life on Earth—Gathers together films, photos, and audio recordings of species either rare or threatened. Includes education resources for ages 5-18 with teacher's notes, classroom presentations, activity packs, and worksheets. (http://www.arkive.org)

  • BBC News: Science/NatureOffers animated guides to all guides of science topics: animals, human body, space, and much more. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/)

  • Building Big—Explore bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels. Based on David Macaulay's book Building Big. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/)

  • Chemical Elements: An Online Interactive Periodic Table of the ElementsBasic information and a colorful diagram of the atomic structure is included for each element. Also contains links to additional information for each element. Site created as a science fair project by an 8th grader who continues to maintain the site. (http://www.chemicalelements.com/)

  • DLESE: Digital Library for Earth System EducationOffers teachers of all levels access to resources related to Earth studies, including activities, lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, and assessment strategies. Provided by Natinal Science Foundation. (http://www.dlese.org/library/index.jsp)

  • EcoKidsDesigned by Earth Day Canada with information for kids and teachers. A sample of topics include wildlife, climate change, and energy with games and activities. (http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm)

  • EE Link: Environmental Education on the Internet—Provides Internet resources related to environmental education for grades K-12. Click on "Classroom Resources" for lesson plans, activities, and related links. (http://eelink.net/ee-linkintroduction.html)

  • EEK! Environmental Education for KidsAn electronic magazine from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Provides information and activities for kids, grades 4-8, and teacher pages with lesson plans and activities. (http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/)

  • EE-LINK: Endangered Species—Provides information on endangered animals, both in the United States and on an international level.  Includes fact sheets for the various species. Also contains lesson plans and related teaching resources.  (http://eelink.net/EndSpp/)
     
  • eNature.com—Includes on-line field guides, with text and photographs, for over 5,000 species and an ask an expert section. (http://www.enature.com/)
     
  • EPA: Climate Change Kids SiteLearn more about the Earth’s climate, including the greenhouse effect and global warming. Includes quizzes, games, and information for teachers. (http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html)

  • EPA'S (Environmental Protection Agency) Environmental Education Center—Designed for teachers to provide lesson plans, activities, and resources on a variety of environmental topics.  (http://www.epa.gov/students/index.html)
     
  • Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human PerceptionExplore hundreds of different topics through simple experiments, online exhibits, Webcasting, and podcasting. (http://www.exploratorium.edu)

  • Exploring Nature Educational Resource—A wealth of information for teachers and students on natural science. Includes activities, games, flashcards, and much more. (http://www.exploringnature.org)

  • Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the GroundProvides hundreds of online astronomy activities for grades 2-6. (http://hea-www.harvard.edu/ECT/the_book/index.html)

  • Frameworks for the Minnesota Mathematics & Science Standards—With the Minnesota Department of Education develops Frameworks for the delivery of Minnesota's mathematics and science standards, as well as the MN STEM Resource Teacher Center. Includes "big ideas and essential understandings." (http://scimathmn.org/stemtc)

  • Frank Potter's Science Gems—Contains links to numerous Internet resources for lesson plans and activities for kindergarten through college level. (http://www.sciencegems.com)

  • The Franklin Institute Science Museum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)—Provides units of study, online exhibits, Internet links to additional resources and much more. (http://sln.fi.edu/)

  • Guided Tour of the Visible Human—Uses animation to take you on a complete tour through the human body.  A project of the National Library of Medicine. (http://www.madsci.org/~lynn/VH/)

  • Helping Your Child Learn Science—Designed to help parents work with their children to enhance science learning. The learning activities may also be of interest to elementary science teachers. (http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Science/)

  • How to Smile: All the Best in Science and Math Activities—Contains over 3,000 hands-on interactive STEM activities. Includes items that are both physical and virtual to get students involved. (http://www.howtosmile.org)

  • Jefferson Lab Science EducationIncludes student and teacher resources, such as hands-on activities, online puzzles and games, and homework helpers. (http://education.jlab.org)
     

  • Minnesota Stem Teacher Center: Frameworks for the Minnesota Mathematics and Science Standards—Provides science and math frameworks for each grade level, as well as additional resources and information for STEM. (http://www.scimathmn.org/stemtc)

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead Regional Science Center—Provides information on the Center including the buffalo River Site and the planetarium. Includes a current calendar of events. (http://web.mnstate.edu/regsci/)

  • Museum of Science: LeonardoExplore Leonardo Da Vinci's life and work through the Museum of Science in Boston. (http://www.mos.org/leonardo)

  • NanozoneAll about the ultra small for kids. (http://nanozone.org/index.htm)

  • NASA Kid's ClubEngage in outer space with STEM activities that inspire teaching and learning. (http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html)

  • NASA Space LinkIncludes instructional material, current NASA events, and links for K-12 students.(http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html)

  • National Association of Biology Teachers—Empowers science educators to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students. (http://www.nabt.org) 

  • National Geographic—Includes a vast amount of information for science and social studies, including simulations, interactive lessons, and maps. (http://www.nationalgeographic.com)

  • National Science Teacher Association—This professional association promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.  Provides access to a vast amount of information in science. (http://www.nsta.org/)

  • National Weather Service: Playtime for Kids—Offers information and activities about hurricanes, winter storms, tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and safety. (http://www.weather.gov/om/reachout/kidspage.shtml)

  • Neuroscience for KidsDiscover the world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses through experiments, activities and games. (http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html)

  • NOAA: Ocean Service EducationProvides a wealth of information for teachers and students about the ocean and sea life. Includes photos, videos, activities, and lesson plans. Sponsored by the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education)

  • NOVA—Provides access to article, audio slide shows, interactive segments, quizzes, timelines, and more on a variety of science topics. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova)

  • Oceans for Youth Foundation: A Beginning Step to Underwater ExplorationProvides information about the ocean food chain and extends the information with additional links that include activities for the classroom. (http://www.oceansforyouth.org/resources.html

  • Penn State: Simple Experiments and Activities for YouthContains experiments and activities related to food. Also includes links to more advanced experiments and resources for educators. (http://foodscience.psu.edu/public/kitchen-chemistry/youth)
     
  • Printable Periodical Tables—Includes printable, periodical tables from a variety of sources. (http://sciencegeek.net/tables/tables.shtml)

  • Science Learning Network—Online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education. Contains links to many sites, including teaching activities and science museums. (http://www.sln.org/)
     
  • Science Netlinks Lesson Index—Summary:  Includes K-12 science lesson plans.  Each lesson plan includes the applicable “Benchmark for Science Literacy” standards created by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/)
     
  • Science News for Kids—A website for elementary and middle school level from the magazine Science News. Includes a wealth of science information, plus puzzles, games, and a Teacher Zone. (http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org)
     
  • SEGway for EducatorsProvides teaching resources and lesson plans related to space science. Created by the Center for Science Education, University of California, Berkeley. (http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SegWayEd/index.html)

  • SEP LessonsProvides detailed lesson plans to investigate science concepts. Searchable by grade levels (K-12) and subcategories of science. Sponsored by the University of California-San Francisco. (http://www.seplessons.org)

  • SHODOR: A National Resource for Computational Science Education—Interactive modules and activities for science and math. Includes lesson plans for grades 3-12. (http://www.shodor.org/home)

  • Smithsonian Kids—Information and activities for many activities, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history and more. Many of these relate to exhibits, including virtual exhibits, at the Smithsonian. (http://www.si.edu/kids)

  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park—Includes an on-line zoo tour, animal cams and demos, animal photo gallery, and much more. (http://nationalzoo.si.edu/)

  • StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers—Provides information and activities related to astronomy, including the solar system, the universe, and space in general. This site, for students 14 years and up, includes lesson plans.  Also includes links to other sites on space. (http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

  • Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms—Genetic terms are defined by experts in text, audio clips, and diagrams. Includes pronunciations. For middle school through adult.(http://www.genome.gov/glossary)  
     
  • Understanding Evolution—Includes detailed information about evolution for high school level. Includes teacher resources. (http://evolution.berkeley.edu)

  • USGS: Earthquakes for Kids—Learn all about earthquakes from around the world. Includes photos, games, a glossary and more. Also includes information for teachers. (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids)

  • Visionlearning—Supported by the National Science Foundation, this site provides high-quality science modules for secondary/college level. (http://www.visionlearning.com)

  • Volcano World—All kinds of information about volcanoes. Includes a special section for children entitled “Kids’ Door.” Sponsored by the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota. (http://volcano.oregonstate.edu)

  • Walk through Time—For middle school and up, this website provides all kinds of information about time measurement. Includes photos and illustrations. (http://www.nist.gov/pml/general/time/index.cfm)

  • Walking with Dinosaurs—Created by the BBC. Features interesting facts, images, statistics, and videos on selected dinosaurs. (http://www.walkingwithdinosaurs.com)

  • The Why Files: Science Behind the News—This site provides teachers with a way to integrate current events and science. Includes in-depth explorations of the science behind the headlines. Also contains "cool science images" with explanations for each. The site is sponsored by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the National Science Foundation. (http://whyFiles.org)